Minerals, Vitamins, Supplements…Where Oh Where Do I Start?

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time away as a family, and now it’s time to move on; do laundry, dishes, sleep train, etc. We had an amazing vacation, I just wish we could have brought the maid back with us! I am excited to start exploring and look further into Vitamins and supplements that I think everyone should be taking. A lot of times you walk through the vitamin/supplement section at a store and it is so overwhelming, you don’t even know where to start.

First off..why do we need them? What’s the big deal? Well years and years ago when God made food, He made it with all the vitamins and minerals that our body needs to survive. Overtime, things like pasteurization, freezing, processing, etc. have all stripped, changed, diminished the content of the food we eat. Therefore, our bodies need a little help. We’ve talked before about the importance of eating a whole food diet, organic, and full of protein, good carbs, vitamins, and minerals; but even if we logged every single ingredient in our food; most likely someone, somewhere would be deficient of something.

Why is that bad? Well our cells are like little powerhouse machines….they use different forms of vitamins, minerals, and body energy to run. Depending on what the function of the cell is it runs different mechanisms- energy creation, fat burning, digesting, fighting off infection, etc. Therefore, when we are lacking in one of these micro-nutrients that are so necessary to our innate body function- the whole body suffers. This is one of the reasons I believe everyone should be taking a multi-vitamin every day.

Another important factor to consider when looking at all the options available on the market today; choosing a whole food supplement. One that is literally coming from food; these are the nutrients our body knows how to handle since they are coming from the food we eat everyday. There are so many great brands on the market but if you are looking for somewhere to start; Garden of Life offers an organic whole food multi-vitamin supplement that is great; as well as Mega Food offers a Once Daily pill- however, I am not sure if the food sources are organic or not.

One other note: for those of you pregnant or breastfeeding; of course consult your doctor first. However, whatever you take in your baby gets direct access to their nutrients through your nutrition. So if you aren’t eating an organic diet, choosing high quality food, taking a prenatal or multi-vitamin supplement, in turn your baby is not getting those nutrients needed for growth and development. They rely on you to offer them the best start nutritionally! For those with older children it is equally as important to not only be feeding them a healthy organic diet but making sure they take their multi-vitamin as well. I do not recommend something like the Flintstones chewable as you are mostly feeding them a sugar pill. Garden of Life makes a great kids chewable as well. Talk with your local health food store, I’m sure you’ll find many options that work for you and your family.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, I feel it is a great place to start- invest in your health now; otherwise you’ll be paying someone else for it later!

Staying Healthy While Traveling

We are getting ready to head out of town for some international travel- can’t wait! YAY! But….traveling with an infant….oh man. I’ve never been so prepared in my life. The biggest challenge I have ahead is; how, do we not get sick on the airplane and in our case the cruise line. So, without further ado…here are a few things that I am doing to get us in tip top shape to travel.

1. Thieves- I’ve mentioned it a million times- I am taking my diffuser for the room, rubbing thieves on a cotton ball to put with us on the plane and carrying our little 5 ml bottle with us for airplane travel. We also use the thieves toothpaste so we are getting a daily dose when brushing our teeth as well.

2. Probiotics- we have all beefed up on these. I am taking an extra dose a day as well as giving E some daily with his solids. These are awesome- found a liquid form at Sprouts I love that is mixed with coconut water and uses Stevia so it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels. So many great things about this product- and the best part is it’s $10 for 30 servings! We are raising our intake because the two biggest areas of susceptibility are our mucous membranes and our gut. Increasing the good bacteria in our gut; raises our ability to fight off infections.

3. Vitamin C- we are increasing our vit. C a few days before we leave so that we have adequate amounts to fight off infection while we are away- we will continue taking this while gone and then back off (other than what is in our daily supplements) so that when sick it is more effective

4. Eating Healthy- While we are not perfect we are trying to stay away from excess sugar and eat clean fruits, veggies, and proteins- giving our bodies the best ability to fight off whatever we may encounter

There are so many things you can do to keep you and your loved ones healthy. It does not guarantee we will not get sick- but hopefully whatever germs we run into will be short lived if any since our bodies are in best working condition before leaving. As far as traveling with a baby, the best thing you can do if nurse. If you’re baby is still nursing that is the biggest dose of antibodies they can get every few hours. Honestly, we should be more worried about ourselves than  them; as they have this amazing God-given immune booster every few hours. A friend recently told me that when we kiss our babies hands our body develops the antibodies to fight off whatever germs are on their hands. Amazing.

So if traveling here are a few things you can do to get your bodies in tip top shape to fight off all of those germs. But don’t let it consume you. Do what you can and then leave the rest up to God and enjoy your time away!

You’ve heard me say this a million times. You can’t just do one thing and expect it to work. We are holistic people and keeping ourselves healthy requires many different things. So take the plung and begin the journey to keeping you and your family healthy!

Breakfast Muffins

We have been battling the flu in our house this last week; therefore I had every intent to get more than one post done last week- but the stomach virus had other plans for me. 🙂 We covered ourselves in Thieves oil and let our body build some natural immunity. Not the most fun, but now we all have a few more white blood cells! Moving on…

Too often I miss breakfast. Studies show that not only is breakfast important to our metabolism’s jump start it can also lower incidences of obesity and some chronic diseases. With that said- it is not always easy to get a nutritious meal put together before trying to get out the door or before the day gets away from me. Recently if I don’t eat I notice my brain feeling foggy and I feel like I lack energy. In the summers it is easy to throw together a nutritious smoothie full of greens and fruit but when it’s freezing and snowing I don’t always feel like a smoothie. My good friend had a problem at one point getting her toddler to eat veggies and healthy snacks so she would make up these muffins to pack in some nutrition for her little guy. They have become a go to breakfast for me! I will make up a few dozen and then package them in groups of 4-5 and eat one in the morning before heading out the door. Hope they make your day a little more nutritious and easy!

Jess’ Breakfast Muffins

5 cups oats (I use trader joe’s gluten free- cheap and good!)

2 eggs

1 smashed avocado

1 cup of unsweetened applesauce

6 packets of stevia (this is too sweet for me- I just use either maple syrup or honey here)

a drizzle of honey (if you didn’t omit the above)

1/4 c. flax seed meal (you can buy this whole or ground. I buy whole and grind in my coffee grinder)

1 T. cinnamon

3 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

2-2 3/4 c. water or milk (I use almond or coconut milk to keep these dairy free)

Chocolate or carob chips topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix avocado, eggs, applesauce, and stevia (or sugar substitution). Mix oats, flax, cinnamon, baking powder and salt separately. Mix wet and dry ingredients together and add milk. Top with chocolate chips, bake for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!